The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week as the impact of Hurricane in Texas and Florida faded.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 260,000 in the week ended Sept. 30, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Data for the prior week was unrevised at 272,000.
The effect of Hurricane Harvey and Irma continued to weaken.
Economists polled by Reuters had estimated initial claims to be 265,000 in the latest week.
The Jobless claims have been below 300,000 for 135 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970. At that time, the data base was much smaller than today.
The four-week moving average of initial claims, a less-volatile measure of labor market trends, fell by 9,500 to 268,250 last week.
While the hiring may be impact by Harvey and Irma last month. Economists had projected the nonfarm payroll to increase by 90,000 jobs in September, down from 156,000 in August, according to a Reuters. The Labor Department will release the employment report on Friday.
In September, the Federal Reserve kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged in the FOMC meeting. But it still forecast one more rate hike this year.